BELLEVUE, WA â€“ New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg should be investigated for obstruction of justice, and possibly prosecuted under the federal RICO statutes, for his headline-hunting â€œstingâ€ operation of alleged law-breaking gun dealers, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.
â€œAccording to the New York Daily News, â€˜Quick-Drawâ€™ Bloombergâ€™s decision to hire private investigators for this gun control stunt has apparently jeopardized several genuine criminal cases,â€™ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œIn his foolish zeal to drum up support for an anti-gun campaign, Bloomberg quite possibly has put real investigations at risk. This appears to be as clear cut a case of obstruction of justice as Iâ€™ve ever witnessed and Bloomberg should be investigated, and prosecuted if necessary.â€
CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron added, â€œThat fact that he hired private investigators who have no law enforcement authority to conduct sting operations in several states â€“ an operation that apparently involved falsely filling out federal background check paperwork â€“ could open Bloomberg up to prosecution under the federal racketeering statutes, and for conspiracy to commit multiple federal felonies, if nothing else. Private citizens, including so-called investigators, cannot give deliberately false information on a Form 4473. Thatâ€™s a crime, and because Bloomberg set the whole thing up, he would be an accessory to that crime.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter if heâ€™s a billionaire,â€ Waldron said. â€œRich politicians are not above the law.â€
Gottlieb called on federal prosecutors and the Department of Justice to open an investigation of Bloombergâ€™s anti-gun sting. Bloomberg reportedly launched the project as a means of finding rogue gun dealers he could sue in civil court, apparently in an effort to grab media attention.
â€œIn terms of a publicity stunt,â€ Gottlieb said, â€œthis one could â€“ and should â€“ have very serious consequences for Mayor Bloomberg and anyone connected with it. This was no college prank, but a wide-reaching operation, probably paid for with public money. If there are bad gun dealers out there, let the professionals handle the problem. We donâ€™t need a New York mayor practicing his own form of vigilante justice.â€